Ian Whittlesea

Kiss
2023

Two crown silvered Mazda incandescent light bulbs
Each 10 cm diameter
Unique
Eu 3.800 (excluding VAT and shipping)


Ian Whittlesea
Born in 1967, Isleworth, United Kingdom
Lives and works in London, United Kingdom

Ian Whittlesea’s work has consistently been concerned with the intersection of language and space, using the lives, words and works of other artists as its source. He has been described as an artist of fascinatingly rigorous refinement and his work as a paradigm of concision and single-mindedness.

The two (identical) partially mirrored bulbs of Kiss come from a large collection of Mazda incandescent bulbs that Whittlesea has accumulated over the last 15 years. Mazda bulbs were made by Thomas Edison’s company General Electric from 1909, and were named after the Zoroastrian god of light Ahura Mazda. Dr. Otoman Zar-Adusht Ha’nish, the creator of the Mazdaznan movement followed by Johannes Itten and the first generation of Bauhaus students, claimed that Edison was a secret follower and had named the bulbs in his honour.